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The Crosshair III Formula is a mid-range gaming motherboard from Asus, released in mid-2009.

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includes integrated graphics - no need to purchase a discrete video card up front

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includes a variety of proprietary utilities from Asus

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lots of overclocking features - designed for system tweakers

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easy BIOS upgrades from a USB flash drive - no need to enter the BIOS

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supports 1080p video playback out of the box

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USB 2.0 support only - lacks USB3 connectivity

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poor customer support from the manufacturer

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only supports one of the multi-GPU standards - CrossFireX

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SATA 3Gb/s connectors only - no SATA 6Gb/s support

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The Crosshair III Formula is a mid-range gaming motherboard from Asus, released in mid-2009. This ATX board features support for AMD Phenom II processors, DDR3 memory modules and up to 2 PCI-E x16 graphics cards running in CrossFireX mode. USB 2.0 and SATA 3 GB/s connectors facilitate storage and peripheral connectivity.

The Asus Crosshair III Formula is based on the AMD 790FX/SB750 chipset, meaning numerous modern AMD processors can be used with this motherboard. As an enthusiast product, higher-end 140W and 45nm CPUs are supported, allowing users to maximize their system performance with Phenom II, Athlon II and Sempron 100 processors. 16 GB of DDR3 memory can be installed through 4 DIMM slots. Integrated video with HDMI output is provided by the ATI Radeon HD 3300. A variety of proprietary Asus software comes in the box, including a built-in Linux distribution called “Express Gate” as a way to quickly connect to the internet.

  • AM3 socket for AMD processors
  • 140W, 45nm CPU compatibility
  • Integrated ATI Radeon HD 3300 w/ HDMI
  • AMD CrossFireX support
  • 2x PCI-E x16 slots
  • DDR3 1600+(OC) MHz memory support
  • 4x DIMM slots, 16 GB max. memory
  • 5 x SATA 3 Gb/s connectors
  • 6x USB 3.0, 1x eSATA port
  • Gigabit LAN
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio
  • ATX form factor
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